Monday, June 22, 2015

Planner Pretties

So it's been a couple of weeks of using my new planner that I bought from Personal-Planner and I am truly loving it. There is so much room to capture everything that happens in my day...in fact, sometimes on those quiet days, there is a little too much room. Take a look at a sample weekly spread from my planner...busy huh?




So I've been using a lot of stickers and doing a lot of stamping. And the best part is that you can stamp directly onto the page. In my last planner, the paper was so thin that I had to stamp everything on sticker paper first. Now I only use the sticker paper if I've made a mistake and want to cover it up :-) Or when I print out some of the free printables that you can find on the internet. (One of my favorite sites is Vintage Glam Studios, stop by and check out Dru's collection).

So let's talk about some of my go-go products that I use in my planner daily. (Note: I am not compensated by any of these companies and there are no affiliate links in this post, just my humble opinion about products that I use and love).

Pens: I use the Uniball Signo 207 pens almost exclusively. Stephanie Ackerman introduced me to these pens when I took a doodling class with her a year ago. They are waterproof gel pens that you can use with alcohol-based markers like Copic or Prismacolor or watercolors and the ink won't bleed. So they are my go to pen for all my creative needs...and the fine tip is perfect for writing in small places. These pens also come in a multi-colored pack for those of you who want to color-code your planners.

Stamps:  There are so many great stamp companies out there creating stamps specifically for planner use. The majority of my planner stamps come from Studio L2E, but
I also use planner sets from the Sweet Stamp Shop and Waffleflower...don't limit yourself to just these companies. You probably already have some stamps in your collection that will make your planner come alive. When I want to stamp some text in, I use the Alphadots stamps set from Paper Smooches or the thin alpha from Hero Arts that came in the Stamps & Cuts flag set.


Inks: I am a bit of an ink hoarder. If it's a pretty color...I buy it and I have several different favorites. My go to favorite brand is Memento and I have almost every single color they have created. Not only do I have a dozen of the larger pads (pictured here), but I've also collected many of the colors in the Dew Drops size because they are easier to store (hoard) and they are great for planning on the go (which I don't do a lot of, but I could if I wanted).

There are actually 3 different types of ink offered in the Dew Drops collection. The standard inks, are pigment inks, just like the larger pads. But you can also get Dew Drops from the VersaMagic and Brilliance collections...and the range of colors is absolutely beautiful. 

VersaMagic dew drops are actually chalk inks, and the one thing you need to know about chalk inks is that the pad itself is very juicy and the ink stays tacky for a bit right after you stamp it. These inks work great for solid image stamps, but you need a very delicate hand if you are going to use them with small line art images because it is very easy to put too much ink on the stamp and you won't get a clean image. 

The Brilliance Dew Drops are pearlescent colors and they add a bit of shine to the stamped image. For the small images that you might use in your planner, you aren't going to really notice the sheen of these inks...but they have some wonderful blue and purple colors that I couldn't find in the other collections, so I picked up a few. But I wouldn't rush out to get these inks just for planning purposes. Like the Versamagic chalk inks, these pads are juicy and so you will want to use a light hand when stamping smaller images with these. The sunflower yellow color pictured here is my favorite color to stamp my sun images when recording the weather.

For an inside view of how I use these products in my planner, I created this short video below. If you have planner products that you love, please share. I'm always looking for new inspiration. Thanks for watching.